The purpose of this page is to help you learn how to
keep your gums in a lasting state of health by means
of an effective gum maintenance program. Gum
maintenance is also called periodontal maintenance.
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How can I tell if my gums are healthy?
Healthy gums are never infected. When your gums are healthy, they are firmly
attached to your teeth by what is called the periodontal, ligament. The word periodontal
literally means around the tooth. The periodontal, ligament attachment is strong and tight
enough to prevent any germs or their toxins from getting through, and any body fluids,
like blood, from getting out. You can usually recognize when you have a healthy gum
attachment because your gums will be pink, firm, and never bleed or hurt with routine
brushing, flossing, or when chewing food.
If I haven’t been to my dentist in awhile, how will I know if I have gum disease?
It’s a good idea to visit your dentist to confirm that your gums are healthy and not at one
of the various stages of gum disease. The truth is that you might not be able to tell
if you have gum disease unless you see your dentist. Self diagnosis is not
recommended, as it can lead to false conclusions. With that in mind, some of the common
symptoms of gum disease you can observe yourself are listed next, to help you increase
your awareness of the condition of your gums.
Gum disease isn’t hard to recognize. The most common features and symptoms
- Heavy plaque accumulations around your teeth, especially at the gum line. Plaque
is a cream colored sticky substance on your teeth that is loaded with germs. If you
scrape some of it off and hold it near your nose, it has an unpleasant odor.
- Tarter and stains around your teeth, especially at the gum line. Tarter is hardened
or calcified plaque.
- Bleeding gums, especially when you brush or floss your teeth, or when you eat.
This is the most common sign of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. However,
bleeding gums may also be a sign of chronic gum disease, or periodontitis.
- Red looking gums at the gum line and between your teeth.
- Swollen, puffy gums at the gum line and between your teeth.
- Teeth that are becoming loose or are already loose. Spaces that develop between
your teeth that weren’t there before are a sign of your teeth becoming loose.
- Persistent mouth odor or bad breath, especially if a mouth rinse or mints don’t help.
- Mild recession of your gums. Recession alone is not a sign of gum disease.
- One or more of the above and lack of pain. However, if your chronic gum disease
evolves into an acute gum abscess around a tooth, you will usually have pain.
Whether you have gum disease in its mildest form, called gingivitis, or you have
moderate or even advanced stage chronic gum disease, you must first heal your gums,
if your goal is to keep your teeth for a lifetime. As obvious as this may seem, the reality is
that if nothing is done to alter the unhealthy diet and lifestyle choices that often result in
gum disease, you can eventually lose one or more of your teeth from gum disease, or end
up with a painful gum abscess. Once you have discovered how to heal your gums, it
will be easy for you to learn how to keep them healthy and keep your teeth
indefinitely, with a nutritionally focused gum or periodontal maintenance
So how do I heal my gums?
There are several pages already written in this website that carefully explain how to heal
your gums using a specialized nutritional program. In addition to nutritional support with
specific supplements, you may still need any dental treatment recommended by your
dentist. Healing your gums is not hard to do because your body is a marvelously
designed living organism with the innate ability to regulate, repair, heal, renew
and defend itself, provided it is given the right nutritional tools to accomplish
this. This is how natural healing always occurs.
To read about specific all natural nutritional tools to heal your gums, click here.
So get started healing your gums by looking at any one of the following pages on this
Why is the care of a dentist still needed?
It is very important that you regularly see your dentist or hygienist, because only
gums, and only a dentist can recommend appropriate treatment for your gums,
should you still need dental care.
If your dentist and hygienist are holistic, you are more likely to be the recipient
of dental hygiene visits that focus on how to keep your gums free from the
germs associated with gum infection, rather than on traditional cleanings.
Although getting your teeth professionally cleaned is helpful, the primary focus of your
dental hygiene visit should be about what you eat or don’t eat and how it affects your
ability to resist gum infections.
You can also learn how the foods you eat — or avoid eating — significantly determine
your ability to resist germs, by looking at Nutrition for Healthy Gums - Part 1 and
Nutrition for Healthy Gums - Part 2 on this website.
Unfortunately, most dentists and hygienists rarely provide any kind of nutritional advice.
While it is true that visiting your dentist for a professional cleaning by a hygienist is always
beneficial and highly recommended, without daily, high quality, effective nutritional
supplementation, the benefits of improved oral hygiene to help maintain your
gums in a true state of health, will only be temporary. That’s why dental hygienists
who don’t provide you with nutritional and dietary advice are always recommending you
return periodically for cleanings.
Brushing and flossing regularly at home is also helpful, because it reduces the number of
germs on the teeth and under the gums. The primary benefit of brushing and flossing is to
remove germ filled plaque, thus making your breath smell better. Reducing plaque also
helps your fillings last longer.
To find a holistic or biological dentist, go to the International Academy of Oral
Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and click on the “Find a Doctor” link on the home
If you haven’t already done so, get started on the road to healthy gums by looking at
Chronic Gum Disease, CoQ10 for Gum Disease, Vitamins for Healthy Gums,
Periodontal Supplements or Remedies for Gum Disease.
Once you have healed your gums you can keep them that way with a program of
periodontal maintenance. This program must include both whole food nutritional
supplementation and periodic dental examinations with hygiene visits, preferably at the
office of a biological dentist. In essence, gum or periodontal maintenance is simply
an extension of the same completely natural nutritional program that restores
your gums to a condition of health.
Why is organic and all natural whole food supplementation so important for gum
and periodontal maintenance?
Without the addition of organic and all natural whole food supplementation to your diet, it
is not likely you will be able to maintain your gums, or any part of your body for that
matter, in a completely healthy condition.
Why? Because a well fed body is able to resist disease, and thus remain healthy,
better than a poorly nourished body. When your body is well fed, it is perfectly
capable of maintaining itself in a state of health by means of its natural, innate ability to
constantly heal and renew itself.
However, your body heals at its best when it is given all of the nutrients it
needs. And the easiest, most efficient and most effective way to give your body
all the nutritional tools it needs, is by adding organic whole food supplements
and completely natural supplements to your daily food intake.
Specialized whole food vitamin supplementation also enables you to
compensate for other factors that affect your health and the health of your
gums. Do you exercise regularly and sufficiently? Do you eat foods that are organic? Do
you read labels on packaged processed foods to see what you are putting in your body?
Do you stop buying and eating the stuff you know isn’t good for you? Do you avoid as
many environmental toxins as possible?
If you are like most people, you are not likely to be motivated to put much energy into
these important components of your lifestyle that either contribute to or erode the health
of your gums, and your whole body as well. That is why organic and all natural whole
food supplementation is so important for both healthy gum maintenance and for
your overall health.
Why are organic and all natural whole food supplements so effective?
The answer is simple. The human body is a marvelously designed living
organism with the ability to grow, regulate, repair, and defend itself when given
all the natural, high quality, full spectrum nutrients, found in natural and
organically grown foods. So, when you take all natural and organic whole food
supplements derived from all natural and organic foods, your body receives the same
concentrated nutritional nourishment it would get from these foods. Your body becomes
well fed, well nourished, and able to resist gum disease better than a poorly fed body.
The result is healthier gums that you can easily maintain and keep for the rest of
your life. By making this one simple dietary change, you will help your gums stay
healthier than you could ever imagine. Isn’t that what you want?
Are you concerned about the health of your gums? Would you like to personally
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